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I’ve made a lot of healthy resolutions this year. I gave up soda and candy (again), I’m exercising, and I even joined a few accountability groups to keep me on track. One thing I don’t plan on giving up is my daily coffee. Coffee itself isn’t bad for you, but what you put into it can definitely not be healthy. Calories, fat, sugar – it adds up quickly.
I found out about cold brew coffee last year and it changed my life. I prefer cold drinks to hot, so I would make hot coffee and then pour it over ice. I don’t usually add cream or milk, but I’d have to add sweetener because the bold taste of traditionally brewed can be a bit bitter. Cold brew doesn’t have that issue. Soaking it in cold water actually neutralizes some of the acidity and brings out some of the more subtle background flavors. You’ll taste more chocolate and nutty notes than you would with your normal cup of joe.
For a while I was buying the concentrated coffee at the store, and it can get kind of pricey. I realized that for less than the price of a bottle of coffee concentrate I could buy a package of coffee grounds and get way more coffee out of it! I love the way it brings out the nutty flavor of the Ambiance Kona Style Coffee. For $5.99 at Smart & Final I can get a bag of delicious coffee and have gallons of cold brew to enjoy. Plus, if you purchase any of the featured Ambiance products from January 2nd to the 13th, you’ll have a code on your receipt to enter to win one of five (5) $500 SmartCash Cards and other prizes. You could make a lot of cold brew with that!
The only down side is that it takes half a day to make, but if you plan ahead you can just let it brew overnight and you’ll have great coffee in the morning. I experimented with my cold brew coffee making style, and finally found the perfect balance of flavor. You don’t need any fancy equipment to make basic cold brew. All you really need is a couple of jars and something to filter it with. You can even do it in a french press if you have one. I like the jar method. Here’s how you do it at home.
Step 1: Gather your ingredients. You need a quart-size container, 1/2 a cup of coffee, and some cold water.
Step 2: Pour your coffee into your container. Try not to make a huge mess.
Step 3: Fill the container up all of way with water. Leave just a fingertip of room for air.
Step 4: Put the lid on, and shake it up. Let it sit in a cool dark place for 12 to 16 hours.
Step 5: When you’re ready to filter it, grab another container. You need it to hold at least 6 cups of liquid. I used a half gallon Mason jar. Cone coffee filters are great for this, but you can use a few pieces of cheesecloth or a nut-milk bag if you have one. I’ve also used floursack towels as well!
Step 6: Secure your filter to your container with a rubber band. I suggest doubling up for better filtration!
Step 7: Slowly pour the coffee through the filter.
Step 8: Remove the coffee and filter. Carefully, so you don’t get grounds in your coffee! You’ll have about three cups of liquid.
Step 9: Add an equal amount of water to your cold brew.
Step 10: Enjoy a nice glass of cold brew coffee over ice. I add nothing else to it. The flavor is perfect for me. You can add a little stevia or milk if you prefer it that way, but I’m a bit of a cold brew purist.
You can also use your cold brew coffee to make a delicious and healthy frappucino drink. No need to add any sugar or fat to it. It’s decadent and delicious.
Follow the recipe below!